Short Film Showcase Video- Experience America’s Largest Powwow

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How did you hear about the Gathering of Nations?

I have had a personal fascination for Native American Indians since I was a child growing up in London. A few years ago I was doing some research online, and I came across the Gathering of Nations Powwow. It became part of my consciousness each year, but I missed the event a few times. In the summer of 2013 I decided that I had to go. I decided a few weeks before that I needed to document my experience.

Why did you want to capture this event?

My original goal was to just be a spectator, but I had this desire to share my experience.

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What was it like to film a powwow?

At times I wished I could sit back and be a spectator and immerse myself in the vibration of the event. It was a struggle to pull myself away and focus on directing. It’s easy to get lost in the experience and lose focus. The energy of the people and the drumming brought me to tears at times. The arena, although it seems like an unnatural place to hold the event, actually transcends from being a basketball arena into something that feels vaguely out of this world. It was like connecting the past yet being in the future.

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Was there a story you heard from an attendee that stuck with you?

There was many stories that I recorded during the interviews that were captivating, the personal history of who they were and how they came to be at the event. However, the stories they told really connect to a much bigger story that needs to be told and honored. I felt that I couldn’t focus on one personal story and —> Read More

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